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This fall, Dr. Dog teamed up with Pig Iron Theater Company to produce Swamp (IS ON), a theatrical interpretation of their early home-recorded EP Psychedelic Swamp. The sold-out four-night run of performances at Union Transfer is one of the trippiest things the Philly indie scene faves have ever done, and as they alluded to when I talked to them last month, the soundtrack to the show was recorded for posterity. Today, the band Tweeted about a free download of the song “Badvertise,” with promises of more to come. You can grab the song right here. Continue reading →
Yes, the Pope is coming this weekend. Many people are leaving town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.
WXPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem tonight. The band is coming off of a four-night run of their stage show SWAMP (IS ON), an interactive collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tonight’s show returns Dr. Dog to their traditional role as concert musicians, though you can be sure it will still be an off-the-wall and imaginative night of music. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the band perform “Broken Heart” below.
Yesterday we gave those of you spending pope weekend in Philly some tips on what is going on and how exactly you should get there. But many are probably wary of what will be one of the most crowded weekends in the city’s history – and thankfully, there’s plenty of live music a short roadtrip away. Today, we bring you a roundup of concerts that are worth venturing outside of Popeville to catch. Continue reading →
Dan Rothenberg remembers being utterly baffled the first time he sat down with Dr. Dog to listen to their “lost” debut, The Psychedelic Swamp.
The album is something of a holy grail for superfans of the Philly psych-rock faves, and it’s bizarre – no question about it. Released on cassette in 2001, it features warbly sounds and trippy textures, slap-back echo and tape delay, chopped-up audio collages mostly constructed by founding bandmates Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman in their West Philly halcyon days. Swamp has subsequently made the rounds on various unofficial YouTube playlists, and most recently arrived at the doorstep of renowned Philly troupe Pig Iron Theatre Company, where Rothenberg is artistic director.
“Scott and Toby were playing it for me and saying ‘trust us, there’s amazing songs in here,’ and I really couldn’t hear them,” Rothernberg recalls, laughing. “Then they would tell me it’s not meant to be listened to. And I don’t know what to do with that!”
Ultimately they arrived at an answer: translate the songs. Which is the mission of SWAMP (IS ON), the new collaborative production from Pig Iron and Dr. Dog premiering tonight at Union Transfer as part of this year’s Philly Fringe Festival. Continue reading →
The most beloved sports mascot in the world, the Phillie Phanatic, was a guest on the radio with WXPN’s Dan Reed during Dan’s Top 5 at 5 feature. Actually, it was Tom Burgoyne, the “Phanatic’s best friend,” who sat in with Reed to play songs by Jimmy Buffett (“Fins”), Little Feat (“Feats Don’t Fail Me Now”), “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, and “The Late Show,” by Jackson Browne. The fifth song that Bergoyne played was a new song by the Phanatic’s good friends, Dr. Dog. Continue reading →
In April, 2013, Dr. Dog and the Pig Iron Theatre Company were awarded a $60,000 “Fostering The Arts” grant by the Knight Foundation to collaborate on a project together, a “hybird opera performance.” The project has been conceptualized and officially named “The Dr. Dog Pop Detachment & The Pig Iron Psychedelic Signals Auxiliary Present SWAMP IS ON”. Continue reading →
For almost 15 years, Dr. Dog has reigned supreme as one of the greatest Indie rock acts to come out of Pennsylvania. With tracks like “Shadow People” off of their 2009 album Shame, Shame becoming an XPN staple and a total of nine albums – including one live album – the band’s run has been nothing short of brilliant.
This summer we will see Dr. Dog take on the Yuengling Summer Stage series at Bethlehem’s SteelStacks on September 25. Continue reading →
It’s pretty fitting that Dr. Dog‘s current offering is a live album. For their set closing off day one of NonCOMM 2015, the Philly natives exhibited the tight, lively playing and charisma that’s earned them the rep as one of the best live bands in America right now. The performance featured the simmering slow burner “The Truth” from 2013’s B-Room, the rollicking “These Days” from 2012’s Be The Void, and their signature cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart It Races,” just to name a few. Singer-guitarist Scott McMicken joked towards the end of the main set that it was heavy on the songs he’s been writing lately about existential crises, but that’s fine, since they sounded great and were a ton of fun.Listen to their set in its entirety and check out a gallery of photos from the performance below! Continue reading →